Out of the Box: Unpacking Nantucket Stories

Over 80 treasured artifacts—most rarely, if ever, displayed before—take center stage to illuminate the stories of Nantucket’s people over four centuries. Discover life at home and at sea; see the island at work and at play; and encounter rare maps, provocative portraits, and poignant tokens of love. Don’t miss the photo booth, where you become a part of Nantucket history!

The exhibition also featured an “object theater,” playlist below, where video, sound, and lighting will highlight key objects in the exhibition. Objects include Gertrude and Hanna Monaghan’s needlepoint sofa decorated with scenes from their life on Nantucket in the 1930s; Susan Veeder’s 1848 whaling journal, with unique watercolors of the Pacific islands; and a 1928 wedding dress worn by five brides across four generations of a single family.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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